The number of private hospitals permitted by the state government to offer Covid-19 treatment has surged to 225 from 204 within 24 hours even as the number of government hospitals was reduced to 41 from 42 during the same period.
The increase in the number of private hospitals and their beds was reported in the Covid-19 bulletin released on Thursday, covering the 24-hour period from 8 pm on Tuesday.
This development has seen the number of beds available in private hospitals treating Covid-19 patients from 10,733 to 11,340. In the government sector, the number fell from 8,092 to 7,685. As per the data provided by the health department in its daily Covid-19 bulletins, this represents a rise of 607 beds in private hospitals and a reduction by 407 in government hospitals between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The reduction in Covid-19 beds in government hospitals also meant a fall in beds available in Intensive Care Units that provide ventilator and continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) machines from 1,222 to 1,171. However, as per the bulletin, the government now has more oxygen beds in the state, up from 4,813 to 5,312.
As on Wednesday evening, the 41 government hospitals between them had 2,554 patients admitted for Covid-19 treatment while private hospitals had 4,215 Covid-19 patients, as per the bulletin.